|The New Citizens Welcome Package/”Kit” we received at the Naturalization Ceremony.
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in SLC, UT – October 12, 2011
|After the Ceremony…
(Aw my daddy’s smile!)
In case you hadn’t seen this blog or just didn’t know me a year ago and would like to learn more, let me enlighten you:
A year ago today, we became three of this country’s newest citizens!!
“Proud“ couldn’t even grasp how we feel now and felt back then. Though it was a looong time coming (and yet nothing compared to the decades some of the other citizens-to-be attending the Ceremony had been waiting), I nevertheless was incredibly happy, overjoyed, relieved, and just in awe at having accomplished something that not only others take for granted, but that we fought sooo(…) hard to achieve.
It all started back in early 2002, when we were still in Colombia…
Actually, if I were to tell the whole story I’d take many many hours and many many pages, thus taking even more and more time away from your busy lives. So I won’t :-)
… OK, that was me not sharing everything, but it’s still a story I feel so fortunate at having experienced. I owe it all to my beautiful dad who went through sooo many troubles and stresses and my mom for having been our rock.
Oh and before I leave you, I’d like to also share that we’ve been in this country nine years, 11 months and 20 days!! (In fact, our tenth “arrival anniversary” will be in less than TWO weeks!) We don’t yet know how we’ll celebrate either occasion (as we’re not big celebrators to begin with), but I’m confident we’ll make a special dinner, chill and just absorb the moment and our good fortune. Actually, I can tell you I’ll be “partying” by studying for an exam I have next week –even though I’m on Fall Break– but I’m not complaining! :|
So be good, exemplary citizens. You were born in the greatest, fairest country on the planet so live it up, be great “ambassadors,” and show others what your country’s made of.